Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  173
  • Protein  3 g
  • Carbohydrates  15 g
  • Fat  11 g
  • Cholesterol  5 mg
  • Sodium  182 mg
  • Potassium  63 mg
  • Phosphorus  36 mg
  • Calcium  6 mg
  • Fiber  0.6 g

Homestyle Macaroni Salad

Nothing tastes more delightful and refreshing than chilled macaroni salad on a hot summer day. That's why Homestyle Macaroni Salad is a great choice to bring on an Independence Day picnic or to serve at a summertime get-together. The tangy flavor and colorful presentation is sure to become one of your favorite kidney-friendly side dishes all summer long.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Geri from Texas.

Portions: 14     Serving size: 1/2 cup


  • 8 ounces macaroni, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1/4 cup  red onion
  • 1/4 cup  red bell pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon  jalapeno pepper
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.  Transfer to colander and rinse under cold water; drain and set aside.
  2. Chop celery and red onion. Finely chop bell pepper and jalapeno pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients until well blended.  Add cooled pasta and toss to coat.
  4. Chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Two ounces dry pasta makes 1 cup when cooked al dente.
  • Wear gloves when mincing raw hot peppers.
  • Low-fat mayonnaise may be substituted to reduce fat to 5 grams per serving. Sodium will be higher, so decrease or omit salt.

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Homestyle Macaroni Salad

tuckersmama01 says:


OMG!! Made this for our Thanksgiving meal this year, and everyone LOVED it! However, the only tweeking we did to it was to add 1/2 tsp. sugar to it. DELICIOUS!!! Definitely will be making more of this in the future!

Nov. 25, 2012, 5:00 PM - Inappropriate review?

Homestyle Macaroni Salad

RobinLM says:


Hi--I am going to be cooking for a picnic and my nephew (who is on dialysis). My questions: I am also cooking for a person with celiac's and my pasta will be Tinkyada brown rice pasta--since packages don't go into enough detail, will this substitution also be suitable for my nephew? Also, I make my own mayonnaise (verry easy to do if you have an immersion blender!!) so I can control the sodium--but are there any oils I should avoid (I usually use canola oil)? I can put my recipe into to check the nutrition levels, including potassium, but are you using reguar standard mayo (like Helmen's)so I can compare the data side by side? Thanks for the input!! This is a great site and I will be making several of your recipes this weekend! Moderator response:The brown rice pasta will add 15 mg potassium and 10 mg phosphorus per serving--still kidney-friendly! Yes, this recipe uses regular commercially prepared mayonnaise in the analysis.

May. 22, 2012, 9:00 AM - Inappropriate review?

Homestyle Macaroni Salad

busybee40 says:


My husband ate and ate and ate this salad and he is NOT a Dialysis patient, I am...I had to battle him for a bowl of this yummy salad!! Make it, you will love it. I did add a little chopped cilantro to kick it up a notch. Was great.

Mar. 16, 2012, 10:26 AM - Inappropriate review?

Homestyle Macaroni Salad

iris.alip says:


My husband & I love this recipe. Will be making more of it!! =) Very easy to make. I also added 1/2 cup of pineapple tidbits.

Jan. 09, 2012, 9:48 AM - Inappropriate review?

Homestyle Macaroni Salad

judy g. says:


This recipe is wonderful! It is full of flavor and lots of crunch while also being filling. My husband, who is not a kidney patient, loves it as well. It's as good as any macaroni salad I have made before I was a kidney patient. Try it, you'll like it just like Mikey does!

Oct. 19, 2010, 6:53 PM - Inappropriate review?

Homestyle Macaroni Salad



My husband and I love this one! We have made several times. Very easy to make with readily available ingredients.

Mar. 19, 2009, 1:01 PM - Inappropriate review?

Homestyle Macaroni Salad



It sounds like a really good recipe

Jul. 22, 2008, 6:27 PM - Inappropriate review?

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